You’re vegan? I could never do that.
Yes, call it what you want. I am vegan. I don’t eat meat, dairy, eggs, and I attempt to wear animal free clothing. No, I am not miserable. I am the happiest I have ever been. But how? I am living my truth. No, that’s not a bullshit thing to say. I used to live in constant cognitive dissonance. Now I don’t. It’s plain and simple to me.
Lately, I’ve seen articles titled, “Breaking Vegan” or “Why I’m No Longer Vegan.” It is all fair. But I want to speak to Why I am Vegan, right now.
For those who know me, I am not one for labels. But by process of elimination, I am vegan.
This whole Cecil the lion outrage has been quite interesting to me. How can you relate to this wild animal you have never came in contact with yet you have a chicken, cow, or pig on your plate for dinner and never think twice? Think twice, now thrice. Critically think, instead of letting the mass media tell you how to feel.
Here’s why I am vegan:
1. I don’t feel okay about eating an animal who was brutally murdered. Not only was the chicken murdered inhumanely but it was also blind, never saw sunlight, and could never move on its own two feet due to steroids.
2. I live in this beautiful industrialized world. I can have tofu, tempeh, or processed oreos for dinner. I have options.
3. I avoid a lot of shit. Literally and figuratively.
4. I know too much. Read Eating Animals or Fast Food Nation. Read how cows are artificially insemminated to produce milk. Hey ladies, how about we do that to you so you can make millions selling your breast milk on the black market.
5. I don’t have an eating disorder. I don’t find being vegan restricting. I find it to be liberating. I had never had Vietnamese, Mediterranean, or Indian food until I was vegan.
Just like most things in life, it is about INtention. If you become vegan to lose weight then that’s how your relationship with it will be unless you chose to change. I chose to be vegan to be a more conscious healthier human being. Do I still eat cake and drink wine? Yes, I do. Do I have any guilt? Nope.
Vegan is only limiting if you let it be and if you let it define you. Stop making “being vegan” the problem. Just like no one ever said, ” I wish i didn’t work out today.” The same goes for being vegan if you do it from an educated perspective. Love life and it will love you back. Do I think I am better than anyone? Hell no, being me and worrying about myself is hard enough. I don’t judge, so don’t judge me.
Seriously, just be you.
I had to get on a soap box for a minute. Love and disagreement are welcome. I want more critical thinkers in this world. And I am always up for a challenge.
Thanks for the open ears.
There’s no better time that now,